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twig1 / twig/ • n. a slender woody shoot growing from a branch or stem of a tree or shrub. ∎  Anat. a small branch of a blood vessel or nerve. DERIVATIVES: twigged adj. twig·gy adj. twig2 • v. (twigged , twig·ging ) [intr.] Brit., inf. understand or realize something: it was amazing that Graham hadn't twigged before. ∎  [tr.] archaic perceive; observe: nine days now since my eyes have twigged any terra firma.